Eating Victoria

22 May

If you’re not familiar with the beautiful city of Victoria, British Columbia, then you’re missing out big. It’s a throwback to Victorian times. The capital of British Columbia boasts incredible water views, the Royal British Columbia Museum, shopping, diversity, a fabulous rose garden, and…..FOOD! And I mean really mouth watering, lip-smacking, can’t get enough of, food.

Esposita and I went with some friends to Victoria this past weekend. I tweeted a few posts while I was there. Consider this your culinary recap of food well eaten!

Il Tirrazzo is located down an alley off Johnson Street downtown. It’s my favorite place to eat in the city. This was the third time I have visited, and this might have been the very best dinner I’ve had there. We sat in a marvelous terrace and enjoyed a transportation fro old Victorian charm to Italian restaurant. The ambiance is spot on. So was the meal I ordered. I had braised buffalo short ribs on top of risotto with asparagus. The meal was outstanding. I might have licked the bowl if that was acceptable! The service was top-notch, the wine was excellent, and I even topped it off with a Blood Orange sorbet. Magnificent!

The next night, we stumbled upon a Scottish Pub in the hear of the city on Government Street called Bard & Banker. This place has a special story! When we walked in, I saw this large portrait/poster of Robert Service. Robert Service was my father’s favorite poet, and mine too. He penned the classic tales of “The Shooting of Dangerous Dan McGrew” and the legendary “Cremation of Sam McGee.” He was known as The Bard of the Yukon. When I saw that they had afforded him his own special section in the pub, I asked the waitress what the deal was. Turns out, Mr. Service worked in that building when it was a bank, prior to his trek to Alaska. What a treat that was for me! I loved the work of Mr. Service and to be in a place he was and eat his native Scottish food….wow…I was in heaven.

And, the food was heavenly. I feasted on a large plate of Lamb Bangers & Mash. This is lamb sausages on a bed of mashed potatoes. The second night in a row that I was tempted to lick the plate. I washed it all down with a wonderful special brew that honored Mr. Service’s name. A great ale with a hint of sweetness. Tremendous!

On Sunday, prior to coming home, Esposita and I walked around the waterfront waiting for the ferry. I found this cool food truck that served yam fries. We ordered one to split and it was a terrific sendoff for the weekend.

Note: If you want to eat out for breakfast, don’t plan on getting up early. None of the restaurants seem to open before 9:00 am. We stayed true to our Seattle roots and “dined” at Starbucks!

Enjoy the photos…

Braised Buffalo Short Ribs at Il Terrazzo












Bard & Banker menu












Victorian whale












Jefe and Esposita












Eat Well,


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